The Chilean tall ship Esmeralda will sail into the Port of San Diego and dock at the B Street pier on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, for a seven-day stay. The naval training ship with 327 aboard will be open to the public on five of the days it is in port.
The ship is scheduled to berth at B Street between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesday. The ship will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tours will continue on Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m. Visitors will be allowed to board the ship until 5:45 p.m.
For the media, a news conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday aboard the ship. Public affairs personnel with Commander U.S. Third Fleet (619) 767-4382 are assisting with arrangements.
The Esmeralda is visiting 12 ports during its six-month deployment. The ship left its homeport of Valparaiso, Chile, in May, bound for visits in Peru, Ecuador and Acapulco, Mexico, before arriving in San Diego. Other ports on the Esmeralda itinerary include Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Papeete, Tahiti; and two ports in Chile. The ship is scheduled to return to its homeport on Nov. 6.
The Esmeralda is 371 feet long and 159 feet tall, and is reportedly the second longest multi-mast ship of its kind. It is also the second tallest ship of its type in the world. The vessel leaves San Diego on Monday, July 18, 2011, bound for San Francisco. The departure is scheduled for 3 p.m.
While in San Diego, the 196 cadets and other naval personnel will visit Camp Pendleton. They will also visit the USS Peleliu, an amphibious assault ship, and the U.S. Navy’s Fleet and Industrial Supply Center. Besides the visits to the military installations, crew members will tour SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo.
For the first time, about 80 female crew members are sailing aboard the ship.